Archive for December, 2010

December 29th, 2010

An Environmentally Sound Olympics

An Environmentally Sound Olympics

There has already been lots of speculation about which country will win the bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, and many believe that the United States is seriously pushing to win the bid. If they do indeed win this bid, not only is the United States Olympic Committee USOC looking to further athletic achievements, but to make substantial environmental changes to the event.  This began with naming Andrew Liveris and Dow Chemical the worldwide partner in the Olympics for the next decade.

If the United States wins the bid, there is much talk of athletic victories (during the last winter Olympics, Vancouver 2010 games, the United States won the most metals, nine gold, fifteen silver, and thirteen bronze) but the major changes will be the environmental ones.

While the Olympics are fantastic and extremely unifying, it’s quite a carbon-rich event. So while these changes may only seem minor, they’re actually a huge deal for our environment. It has been estimated that over 2/3 of the carbon emissions from the event is a result of some of the 1.5+ million attendees traveling (mostly via airplane) to and from the event.

CEO Andrew Liveris and USOC members are looking to do more by following the lead of the 2008 Summer Games that were held in Beijing. The 2008 summer Olympics made great efforts to showcase conservation practices and sustainable energy sources, Exactly what environmentally friendly services did the Olympic facilities feature?

  • Natural Light – Remember the famous ‘Water Cube’ where the aquatic events were held? The walls of the National Aquatics Centre provided natural light, and for the interior of the building, specially designed ‘beam-pipes’ funneled sunlight into corridors, toilets and car parks at venues, including the Olympic Green.
  • Solar power – Used to light lawns, courtyards and streets at several venues, including the Olympic Village. A 130 KW photovoltaic system illuminated The National Stadium, where events such as athletics and football were held.
  • Water Conservation – Waste water collected from the Qinghe sewage treatment plant was filtered and used for the various heating and cooling needs throughout the Olympics site, yielding a 60% savings in electricity. Rainwater was collected from around the grounds, collecting over 75,000 gallons by using water permeable bricks, pipes and wells installed on roofs, roads and green areas.
  • Recycling – The 2008 Olympic hosts aimed for a 50 per cent recycling of waste including paper, metals and plastics at venues. A modest expectation, considering that a test run carried out during the 11th World Softball Championships held in 2007, achieved a nearly 90 per cent recycling rate.

The Olympics in 2008 found new ways to make the even more green, and had great new ways of filtration and insulation for the event, the IOC and committee members are looking to do more. That vision has progressed to include dozens of other products which will help reduce waste and promote conservation. You can expect these products to appear at the coming events over the next decade and be a part of the USOC recommendations.

Co-written by Nerissa Barry and Daniel Fielding

December 29th, 2010

23 Uses for White Vinegar

I ran across this list the other day and would like to share it with you. I have used some of these remedies myself. Especially the one where to put baking soda down your drain, then ad some vinegar. It cleans your pipes like crazy. I have also cleaned mildew with vinegar. Put some vinegar in a spray bottle and spray the infected area. It kills the mildew. Enjoy!

Owner/Pama Lyons

Melissa Breyer says

“1. Adding a few tablespoons of white vinegar to the water when poaching eggs helps the whites stay formed. Add a few tablespoons to the water when boiling eggs, and if any shells crack, the whites won’t leak out.

2. If your leafy veggies are wilted, soaking them in cold water with a little vinegar can perk them right up.

3. After chopping an onion, you can eliminate the odor from your hands by rubbing them with a bit of white vinegar.

4. When cooking any vegetables from the cabbage family (like broccoli or cauliflower), adding a little vinegar to the water will perk up the taste and reduce the gassiness they can induce. This also works when cooking beans, making Mexican food a far more attractive option.

Cleaning House: Vinegar can help with a variety of cleaning tasks, since the acid acts as a disinfectant and an odor neutralizer.

5. Clean and deodorize the garbage disposal by mixing equal parts vinegar and baking soda and putting it down the drain. After letting this fizzing mixture sit for a few minutes, flush out the drain with warm water for a clean and stink-free sink.

6. The steam from a boiling a bowl of vinegar and water can loosen caked-on food and get rid of odors in the microwave, too.

7. One of my favorite vinegar remedies and my personal weapon against fruit flies is to set out a small dish of white vinegar and some smashed fruit, covered with plastic wrap with some holes in it–the flies crawl into the trap, but can’t get out.

8. If your stemware is cloudy from the dishwasher, wrap the glasses in paper towels soaked in vinegar, let them sit, and the cloudy deposits will rinse right off.

9. There’s no need to use bleach on tile grouting when you can let vinegar soak on it and then scrub with a toothbrush.

10. Bring lightly scuffed or dirty DVDs back to life by wiping them down with some vinegar on a soft cloth.

11. If you have water condensation marks on your wood, just rub the piece of furniture with equal parts vinegar and vegetable oil to remove them. Make sure to rub with the grain, and then invest in a set of coasters.

Cleaning Clothes: Vinegar works magic on upholstery and fabric, too.

12. If a child has an “accident” on a mattress, clean it with a solution of vinegar and water. Afterwards, pour some baking soda onto the mattress, and brush or vacuum the residue once it’s dry.

13. Spraying vinegar onto deodorant-stained shirts before the wash can remove the discoloration. It’s also great for fighting mustard, tomato sauce, or ketchup stains.

14. Adding a cupful of vinegar to the rinse cycle of your washing machine can freshen up bright colors and give you cleaner laundry. Acetic acid won’t harm fabrics, but it dissolves the soap residue that can dull dark clothing. It also acts as a fabric softener, a static reducer, and a mildew-inhibitor.

15. Vinegar will also loosen chewing gum stuck to car upholstery, rugs, and carpeting.

Outdoor Solutions: Tough enough even for the outdoors, vinegar can function as a car cleaner and an organic pest remover.

16. If your car still sports a bumper sticker from two elections ago, remove it by spraying the decal with white vinegar to saturate the area, and the sticker will peel off in a few hours. (You might need to spray it a few times.)

17. Wiping down your car windows and windshield with a three-to-one vinegar-water mixture can keep them frost-free in the wintertime.

18. Kill weeds and crabgrass growing in sidewalks and driveways by pouring vinegar onto them. A half-and-half solution of vinegar and water can even kill garden slugs if it’s sprayed directly onto them.

19. To extend the life of cut flowers, add a few tablespoons of vinegar to the water in their vase, along with a teaspoon of sugar.

Pet Protection: There’s no need to use chemicals near pets when vinegar can handle most cleaning and bathing tasks.

20. Wipe out itchy ears with undiluted vinegar to keep dogs and cats from scratching at them.

21. Cats avoid vinegar, so to keep them from scratching furniture or sitting on certain areas, spray a vinegar solution onto the spot.

22. For outdoor areas, soak a sponge in vinegar and place it in the forbidden area to keep cats away. If kitty likes to mark his territory, spraying the area with vinegar can help eliminate the smell and deter recurrences.

23. Vinegar also gets rid of skunk odor. Soak the animal with a half-and-half vinegar and water solution, and then rinse with fresh water.

Vinegar can disinfect, deodorize, and de-gunkify just about everything. From shower curtains to sofa cushions, there’s not much that it can’t do. As an alternative to expensive and harsh cleaning chemicals, vinegar is something you can feel good about keeping in your cupboards. White vinegar and baking soda can even remove product buildup from hair and leave it soft and manageable. A product that can clean you, the dog, your car, and your house is what I’d call a good, green buy.”

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December 28th, 2010

An honest mistake…

This was too good to pass up.  I thought I would share it with you.

Pama

 An honest mistake…
 
The  light turned yellow, just in front of him.  He did the right  thing,
stopping  at the crosswalk, even though he could have beaten the red light by
accelerating  through the intersection.
  
The  tailgating woman was furious and honked her horn, screaming in
frustration,  as she missed her chance to get through the intersection, dropping  her
cell  phone and makeup.

As  she was still in mid-rant, she heard a tap on her window and looked  up
into  the face of a very serious police  officer.  The officer ordered her to
exit  her car with her hands up.  He took her to the police  station where  she
was  searched fingerprinted, photographed, and placed in a holding cell.
                  
After  a couple of hours, a policeman approached the cell and opened the
door.   She was escorted back to the booking desk where the arresting  officer
was  waiting with her personal  effects.
         
He  said,  ”I’m very sorry for this mistake. You see, I pulled up  behind
your  car while you were blowing your horn, flipping off the guy in front  of
you  and cussing a blue streak at him. I noticed the ‘What Would Jesus  Do’  
bumper  sticker, the ‘Choose  Life’ license  plate holder, the ‘Follow Me to
Sunday-School’  bumper sticker, and the chrome-plated Christian fish emblem on the
trunk,  so naturally…I  assumed you had stolen the car.”
         
(Priceless…..)

December 22nd, 2010

Xmas Trivia, Very Interesting

Enjoy!!!

Are we abbreviating Christ out of Christmas?
The abbreviation of Xmas for Christmas is not irreligious. The first
letter of the word Christ in Greek is chi, which is identical to our X.
Xmas was originally an ecclesiastical abbreviation that was used in
tables and charts.
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Why do we hang wreaths on our door?
The modern Christmas custom of displaying a wreath on the front door of
one’s house, is borrowed from ancient Rome’s New Year’s celebrations.
Romans wished each other “good health” by exchanging branches of
evergreens. They called these gifts strenae after Strenia, the goddess
of health. It became the custom to bend these branches into a ring and
display them on doorways.
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When was Toys for Tots instituted?
In 1947, Toys for Tots started making the holidays a little happier for
children by organizing its first Christmas toy drive for needy
youngsters.
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What was the first Salvation Army kettle also used for?
In an effort to solicit cash to pay for a charity Christmas dinner in
1891, a large crab pot was set down on a San Francisco street, becoming
the first Salvation Army collection kettle.
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What do Greeks do for Christmas?
Greeks do not use Christmas trees or give presents at Christmas. A
priest may throw a little cross into the village water to drive the
kallikantzari (gremlin-like spirits) away. To keep them from hiding in
dark, dusty corners, he goes from house to house sprinkling holy water.
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When did Turkey first get served for Christmas?
The Christmas turkey first appeared on English tables in the 16th
century, but didn’t immediately replace the traditional fare of goose,
beef or boar’s head in the rich households.
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When did the Christmas tree switch from an oak to an fir?
Saint Boniface is said to have substituted a fir tree for the pagan oak
in the eighth century as a symbol of faith. Martin Luther fostered the
Christmas tree cult by using a candlelit tree as a symbol of Christ’s
heavenly home, while trees decorated with candles, fruit and paper
flowers were introduced into Britain soon after Queen Victoria’s
marriage.
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How long have we had the Yule log?
During the ancient 12-day Christmas celebration, the log burned was
called the “Yule log.” Sometimes a piece of the Yule log would be kept
to kindle the fire the following winter, to ensure that the good luck
carried on from year to year. The Yule log custom was handed down from
the Druids.
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Should you wish a ‘Happy Christmas?’
Some priests in Australia advise you to say “Happy Christmas”, not
“Merry Christmas”, because Merry has connotations of getting drunk –
which brings its own problems. One should say “Happy” instead.
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How far did Mary and Joseph travel?
When Mary and Joseph journeyed from Nazareth to Bethlehem to be enrolled
in the imperial census they traveled 92.5 miles.
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Who was first to depict Santa in his sleigh with the reindeer?
In the Thomas Nast cartoon that first depicted Santa Claus with a sleigh
and reindeer, he was delivering Christmas gifts to soldiers fighting in
the U.S. Civil War. The cartoon, entitled “Santa Claus in Camp,”
appeared in Harper’s Weekly on January 3, 1863.
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When were the first glass ornaments sold?
Originally, Christmas decorations were home-made paper flowers, or
apples, biscuits, and sweets. The earliest decorations to be bought came
from Nuremberg in Germany, a city famous for the manufacture of toys.
Lauscha in Germany is famous for its glass ornaments. In 1880, America
discovered Lauscha and F.W. Woolworth went there and bought a few glass
Christmas tree ornaments. Within a day he had sold out so next year he
bought more and within a week they, too, had sold. The year after that
be bought 200,000 Lauscha ornaments. During the First World War supplies
of ornaments from Lauscha ceased, so American manufacturers began to
make their own ornaments, developing new techniques that allowed them to
turn out as many ornaments in a minute as could be made in a whole day
at Lauscha.

December 22nd, 2010

WASP SPRAY

I know some of you own GUNS
but this is something to think
about…—

If you don’t have a gun,
here’s a more humane way to
wreck someone’s evil plans for
you.

I guess I can get rid of the baseball
bat.

Wasp Spray – A friend who is a receptionist in a
church in a high risk area was concerned about someone coming
into the office on Monday to rob them when they were counting
the collection. She asked the local police department about
using pepper spray and they recommended to her that she
get a can of wasp spray instead.

The wasp spray, they told her,
can shoot up to twenty feet away
and is a lot more accurate, while
with the pepper spray, they have
to get too close to you and could
overpower you.
The wasp spray
temporarily blinds an attacker until
they get to the hospital for an
antidote.

She keeps a can on her
desk in the office and it doesn’t
attract attention from people like
a can of pepper spray would.
She also keeps one nearby at home for
home protection.

Thought this was
interesting and might be of use.

On the heels of a break in and
beating that left an elderly woman
in Toledo dead, self defense experts
have a tip that could save your life.

Val Glinka teaches self-defense to
students at Sylvania Southview High
School .
For decades, he’s suggested putting
a can of wasp and hornet spray near your door or bed.

Glinka says, “This is better than
anything I can teach them.”

Glinka considers it inexpensive, easy
to find, and more effective than mace
or pepper spray. The cans typically shoot 20 to 30 feet;
so if someone tries to break into your home,
Glinka says “spray the culprit in the eyes”.
It’s a tip he’s given to students for decades.

It’s also one he wants everyone
to hear. If you’re looking for
protection, Glinka says look to
the spray. “That’s going to give
you a chance to call the police;
maybe get out.” Maybe even save
a life.

Please share this with all the people
who are precious in your life .

Did you also know that wasp spray
will kill a snake?

And a mouse!
It will!

Good to know, huh?

It will also kill a wasp.!!!!

Cheaper than pepper spray and easier to get.

December 16th, 2010

True Story of Rudolph

I thought this story was interesting and has a meaning.

Love to all my readers. Have a wonderful Holiday.

Pama

 

 

True, according to Snopes.com:

 Don’t know if you have ever read this story or not.  It is always interesting to me to learn the origin of some things and to hear the story behind how they began.

     
     
** ** True Story of  Rudolph ** **

A man named Bob May, depressed and brokenhearted, stared out his drafty apartment window into the chilling December night.


His 4-year-old  daughter Barbara sat on his lap quietly sobbing.   Bobs wife, Evelyn, was dying of cancer.  Little Barbara couldn’t  understand why her mommy could never come home  Barbara looked up into her dad’s eyes and  asked, “Why isn’t Mommy just like everybody else’s  Mommy?”  Bob’s jaw tightened and his eyes welled with tears.  Her question  brought waves of grief, but also of anger. It had  been the story of Bob’s life. Life always had to be  different for Bob.


Small when he was a kid, Bob  was often bullied by other boys.   He was too  little at the time to compete in sports.  He was  often  called names he’d rather not remember.

From childhood, Bob  was different and never  seemed to fit in. Bob did complete college, married his loving  wife and was grateful to  get his job as a copywriter at   Montgomery Ward during  the Great Depression. Then he was blessed with his little girl. But it was  all short-lived. Evelyn’s bout with cancer stripped them of all  their savings and now Bob and his daughter were forced to live in a  two-room apartment in the   Chicago  slums. Evelyn  died just days before  Christmas in 1938.


Bob struggled to give hope to his child, for whom he couldn’t even afford to buy a Christmas gift.  But if he couldn’t buy a gift, he was determined a make one – a storybook!  Bob had created an animal character in his own mind and told the animal’s story to little Barbara to give her comfort and hope.  Again and again Bob told the story, embellishing it more with each telling.  Who was the character?  What was the story all about?  The story Bob May created  was his own autobiography in fable form.  The character he created was a misfit outcast like he was.  The name of the character?  A little reindeer named Rudolph, with a big shiny nose.   Bob finished the book just in time to give it to his little girl on Christmas Day.  But the story doesn’t end there.

The general manager of   Montgomery  Ward caught wind of the little storybook and offered Bob May a nominal fee to purchase the rights to print the book.  Wards went on to print, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and distribute it to children visiting Santa Claus in their stores.  By 1946 Wards had printed and distributed more than six million copies of Rudolph.  That same year, a major publisher wanted to purchase the rights from Wards to print an updated version of the book.  

In an unprecedented gesture of kindness, the CEO of Wards returned all rights back to Bob May.  The book became a best seller.  Many toy and marketing deals followed and Bob May, now remarried with a growing  family, became wealthy from  the story he created to comfort his grieving daughter.  But the story doesn’t end there either.


Bob’s brother-in-law, Johnny Mark s, made a song adaptation to
Rudolph.  Though the song was turned down by such popular vocalists as Bing Crosby and   Dinah Shore , it was recorded by the singing cowboy, Gene Autry.  “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”  was released in 1949 and  became a phenomenal success, selling more records than any other  Christmas song, with the exception of  “White Christmas.”


The gift of love that Bob May created for his daughter so long ago kept on returning back to bless him again and again.  And Bob May learned the  lesson, just like his dear friend Rudolph, that being different isn’t so bad.  In fact, being different can  be a blessing.  Now  you know!

                   *_MERRY CHRISTMAS 2010 _*

 

                         

 

 

December 15th, 2010

10 Reasons To Drink More Water

10 reasons to drink more water! The water thing always confuses me. I went for years and hardly drank water unless it was in coffee. I weighed 100 pounds and didn’t have any trouble. Now I’m over weight, I drink allot of water and have the worst time loosing weight. I am not sure that this water thing makes a difference, but I thought you would like to read about this. Did you know that everything you eat has water in it?

Owner/Pama Lyons

The following article is posted by Michelle Schoffro Cook

“We hear about importance of drinking enough water constantly. On the flip side, there has been a growing trend in the media lately that the commonly recommended eight cups of water daily is a myth, which is technically accurate, but not the whole story. Whether you need eight cups of water daily, or four or ten, most people are not getting the message that whatever their particular water needs are, they aren’t meeting them.

And even dietitians, nutritionists, and medical professionals are contributing to the problem by informing people that they get enough water in their diet in the form of fruits and vegetables. That might be true for some people, but after assessing the diets of countless people, I assure you that isn’t the case for most people.

Plus, have you ever noticed that when you throw vegetables in a pan and turn on the heat you’ll see liquid in the pan soon afterward, and then shortly after that you’ll see steam rising from them? That’s because you’re literally cooking the water out of the vegetables.

Researchers estimate that half of the world’s population is chronically dehydrated. And in America, that level is even higher at 75 percent of the population.

More than two-thirds of your body weight is water. Without adequate water your body’s biochemical and electrical (yes electrical, read on!) processes begin to break down. The list of reasons your body needs water is as plentiful as the functions in your body, so due to space limitations, here are 10 good reasons to drink more water:

1. Your blood is over 80 percent water and needs water to make healthy new blood cells.

2. Your bones are over 50 percent water and, you guessed it, need water to make healthy new bone cells.

3. Drinking more water actually helps lessen pain in your body by getting your lymphatic system moving. The lymphatic system is a network of nodes, tubes, vessels, and fluid that move waste out of your tissues. It requires water to function properly.

4. Water helps to eliminate wastes and toxins from your body through the lymphatic system, kidneys, and intestines.

5. Water lubricates your joints and helps reduce joint pain and protect against wear and tear.

6. Water regulates your metabolism so if you’re overweight chances are you may need more water.

7. Water balances body temperature.

8. Water helps to ensure adequate electrical functioning so your brain and nervous system function properly. Your brain and nervous system send out electrical signals to function properly. Researchers estimate that your brain gives off about the same amount of electricity as a 60 watt light bulb. So, there’s some truth to the image of a light bulb going on when someone has a good idea.

9. Water alleviates dehydration (and I’ve already mentioned that most people are chronically dehydrated).

10. Every cell and organ in your body requires adequate water to function properly.

So, one of the quickest and easiest ways to improve your health is to start drinking more pure water every day. Be sure to drink water an empty stomach or you’ll simply be diluting your digestive enzymes and making your digestion less effective.

And, choose purified water as much as possible (but get yourself a BPA-free water bottle so you won’t pollute the planet with all those plastic water bottles. In wealthy, developed nations with plentiful access to water, we really have no excuses for not drinking enough water.”

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